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Rust Never Sleeps

Neil Young & Crazy Horse

1979

Rust Never Sleeps

Album Summary

Rust Never Sleeps is an album with both studio and live tracks by Canadian American singer-songwriter Neil Young and American band Crazy Horse. It was released on June 22, 1979, by Reprise Records. Most of the album was recorded live, then overdubbed in the studio, while others originated in the studio. Young used the phrase "rust never sleeps" as a concept for his tour with Crazy Horse to avoid artistic complacency and try more progressive, theatrical approaches to performing live.

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Rating

3.51

Votes

5255

Genres

  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

Rust Never Sleeps continues to be a gem of an album, shining brightly for all to see how multi-faceted and lyrically expansive he can Crazy Horse can be. I am grateful to have seen them together at UIC years ago, and to see Neil solo a couple of times as well. Mr. Young goes down as one my fav artists of all time. At least one of his records should have been in our stereo console, but somehow my parents missed him along the way. Maybe a little too punk? Can't imagine them catching Sedan Delivery on this album and knowing what to do with it back then :)

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Sat May 01 2021
5

One of best rock albums.... EVER. A genius at his prime

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Sat Feb 27 2021
3

“Rust Never Sleeps” by Neil Young & Crazy Horse (1979) I’m a big fan of Neil Young, but, interestingly, I’ve never listened to this album, primarily because when I was compiling my Neil Young collection in the late 1990s, I generally stayed away from live albums altogether. So this will be a serious listen with fresh ears. If you’re not already a fan of Neil Young, this album is probably not for you. I would suggest “After the Gold Rush” (1970), “Harvest” (1972), “Harvest Moon” (1992), and “Prairie Wind” (2005) instead. “Rust Never Sleeps” is a reminder that if you fail to pay attention to the encroachment of old age, decay will catch up with you. Neil Young was 33 years old when this album was released. Ha. Now he’s 75 and still rocking (and not in a chair). He’s neither burning out nor fading away. The songs on “Rust Never Sleeps” are ‘sandwiched’ between two versions of the same melody and lyrical theme (the acoustic “My My, Hey Hey” and the electric “Hey Hey, My My”). Message: Rock ‘n Roll endures (even if it’s purveyors don’t). Musically, the live acoustic tracks on “Side One” are quintessential Neil Young, whose acoustic guitar style is characterized by carrying melodies on the lower strings, with the higher strings provide color and chord structure. The electric tracks of “Side 2”, performed with Crazy Horse, haven’t aged well. Ironic, isn’t it? Young’s voice is not very good, especially live, but like Dylan and others, he puts his limited vocal talent to effective use in expressing his poetry. And his poetry is usually very good. The overall effect is like sitting around the campfire listening to a good friend do what he can with voice, guitar, and songs that are important to him. In a September 1980 Playboy interview, a famous rock star was asked, “What do you think of Neil Young’s line ‘It’s better to burn out than fade away”? His answer: “I hate it. It's better to fade away like an old soldier [ref. General Douglas MacArthur’s farewell speech to the U.S. Congress in 1951] than to burn out. If he was talking about burning out like Sid Vicious, forget it. I don't appreciate the worship of dead Sid Vicious or of dead James Dean or dead John Wayne. It's the same thing. Making Sid Vicious a hero, Jim Morrison—it's garbage to me.” That rock star was John Lennon, who was gunned down three months later. Young’s original 1979 lyric was part of a reflection on the rise of Johnny Rotten, with an oblique reference to the 1977 death of Elvis Presley. In April, 1994, Curt Cobain concluded his suicide note with “It’s better to burn out than fade away”. One lesson here is that lyrics can have a life (or death) of their own. They can transcend the expressive experience of the writer. Whether the sentiment of this line conforms with reality or not, it evokes serious consideration in an existential crisis. With songs of protest against injustice that would sound clunky to PETA (“Pocahontas”) and feminists (“Welfare Mothers”), Young seems to be departing that genre for the rock of the aged. On “Rust Never Sleeps”, he hasn’t yet arrived. A little disappointing, by still a good Neil Young album. 3/5

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Thu Jun 24 2021
2

Back when I was in college, there was this dude who would come into the bar I worked at on a Friday night and play fucking 10 Neil Young songs in a row. He would also hit on girls by doing magic tricks. I remember how angry I got every time he made me listen to an hour of Neil Young because I was just trying to have a good time, and he fucking made me listen to this sad, soppy fuck who writes nothing but songs that sound indistinguishable from each other and never seemed to enjoy a happy moment in his entire like. Fuck that guy, and fuck Neil Young. 2/5

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Tue Sep 14 2021
3

3.7 - Impressive as a live recording. The sound mix and quality of performances make it sound like a proper studio album. Lead guitar parts come through powerfully with screaming distortion that gives a paranoid edge to some of the arrangements, especially on "Hey Hey..." Despite the myriad strengths, I think this album is better for diehard fans. Admittedly, I'm not familiar with most of the songs here, and some of them I didn't like on first listen (e.g. "Welfare Mothers", "Sedan Delivery"). Maybe this was one of the SEVEN Neil Young albums that could've been left off this list??

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Mon Mar 08 2021
5

Obviously

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Totally captivated by the 1st half of this album- there's a rough, raw, nostalgic simplicity here, and I can smell the emotion.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Obra maestra absoluta y disco capital de la historia de la música. Reivindicación total de que el rock daba para más en plena época post punk y New Wave. La mitad acústica emociona y la eléctrica lo revienta todo. Grandes canciones. Maravilloso.

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

Neil Young. Unique voice, fantastic guitarist (good grief, am I ever so sick of decades of "he's not a great technical guitarist, blah blah blah" -- heaven forbid an artist play the instrument differently), and incredible writer who never stops creating and experimenting. One of a kind. Love him.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
5

"It's better to burn out than to fade way" is one of the opening lines of this album, and also its thesis. Side A is Young mourning everything - the death of Elvis, his separation from CSN, his feeling that punk rock was overtaking rock n roll - and it's all set to that familiar acoustic and harmonica set. For Side B, he invites Crazy Horse to join him, and it's almost as if he's trying to burn away the rust. There's a symmetry to this thing, almost a chiastic structure. The first and last tracks are the most obvious pieces of evidence for this, but there are other parallels (Pocahontas and Welfare Mothers, for example). The tight structure and evocative imagery is impressive enough, but hey, it also sounds great. What an album. Best track: My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)

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Tue Jan 18 2022
5

In which Neil reinvents himself as a punk (which doesn't take much beyond fuzz and volume--he's always been an irascible chap) while slipping in the most lyrical songs of his career. "Welfare mothers make better lovers" and "I searched out my companions / Who were lost in crystal canyons / When the aimless blade of science / Slashed the pearly gates" on the same album, with full commitment to the attitude of both? Masterpiece.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

Not my favorite Neil Young album, but fuck Joe Rogan.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Neil Young is an acquired taste, I admit, but the run of albums he put out from 1969 to 1979 rank among the most consistent and rewarding of any 70’s artist. Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere, After the Gold Rush, Harvest, Time Fades Away, On The Beach, Tonight’s the Night, Zuma…even “lesser” works like American Stars ‘n Bars and Comes A Time were not without career highlights. He was on an unstoppable roll and Rust Never Sleeps is culmination of that period, acting as a bit of a recap of that decades work, but also a glimpse of what was to take over the music world in another decade or so. Split between an acoustic side and an electric side (a fitting encapsulation of Young’s tendencies as a songwriter), Rust is bookended by acoustic and electric versions of the same song, the iconic “My, My, Hey, Hey” and “Hey, Hey, My, My”. The latter features some of the most fuzzed out, grungy riffs ever heard, a good 12 years before the phrase “grunge” hit the cultural zeitgeist. In between the “Hey’s” and “My’s” lie some of Neil Young’s greatest songs: “Thrasher”, the beautiful 12 string acoustic CSN diss-track; “Pocahontas”, a haunting and surreal tale of indigenous genocide, culminating in a meeting between Pocahontas and Marlon Brando at the Astrodome; “Powderfinger”, a dark horse (excuse the pun) candidate for best Neil Young and Crazy Horse song; and “Sedan Delivery”, a rave up alternating between fits of fuzzed out guitar and slower, but still fuzzy, guitar psych. It’s no wonder that Young and Crazy Horse took Sonic Youth on the road for the 1991 Weld tour. The hefty guitar crunch, feedback and guitar interplay on the second half of Rust Never Sleeps shows a shared DNA between the two acts: stylistically and in their uncompromising spirit and artistic visions. If I could travel through time for a concert, a Neil Young and Crazy Horse / Sonic Youth show is near the top of my list of stops. …and while I’m traversing the space-time continuum, my next stop will be 1979 to see the Rust Never Sleeps tour. Neil and the band are formidable here: a lumbering behemoth intent on pummeling anyone in their way. Until I can get my Delorean up to 88 miles per hour, Rust Never Sleeps (and Live Rust) will have to suffice.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

This is a darn good album. I really don’t think I’ve listened to the acoustic side previously Of course I know My My Hey Hey but don’t think I had heard Thrasher before and it’s a mighty fine song. The electric side I know inside out. Powderfinger, Sedan Delivery and HHMM Pt 2 are all classics. I always thought HHMM was released a few years after the Sex Pistols‘ only album (released Q4 1977) but am surprised to find out HHMM was recorded in 1978. I can’t imagine Neil Young fans during that tour having a fucking clue who Johnny Rotten was. There are already at least 2 Neil LPs that I know I’ll be giving 5s to. This wasn’t on that list. It made a valiant effort to elbow its way on but I’m holding my ground.

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Thu Sep 24 2020
3

There are some absolute monster jams on this album. It comes right out the gate with a beast of a song (My My, Hey Hey). But it's also Neil Young so there's a lot of whiney navel-gazing and jingle-jangle acoustic guitar which isn't my favorite. The second half of the album is better IMO. It's the "electric" side of the album (remember when albums had 'sides'?) and it has a lot more guts. While the first half is clearly influenced by country music, the second has more of a proto-punk feel that I'm into. Paticularly "Sedan Delivery" is an unsung deep cut for ol' Neil and is so DAMN good this 'Bama boy can almost forgive him for "puttin' her down" because of this one track.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

Alors que cet album démarrait sur les chapeaux de roues, avec un Neil Young extrêmement touchant, nous transportant à l'aide de sa seule voix et de ses instruments, la suite nous a tous laissé sans voix. Mais laissez moi vous expliquer ce qu'il s'est passé. Tout d'abord, il faut savoir que cet album a été enregistré en live dans une petite salle de concert de Nashville. Cette salle de concert présente une particularité, c'est qu'elle est située en pleine campagne, loin de toute civilisation. Alors que tout le monde s'installe dans la salle, se réjouissant d'entendre Neil Young les bercer de sa voix, un homme va commettre une erreur. Cet homme, c'est l'intendant de la salle de concert de Nashville. Ce dernier avait été mis au courant: il faut absolument que tu fermes à double tour la porte menant vers l'exterieur de la salle de concert. Pourtant, équipé de son crayon à papier dissimulé derrière son oreille, il oubliera ce détail qui lui semblait futile, et laissa la porte entrouverte. Après une dizaine de minutes de concert, c'est la que le drame se produit: une horde de chevaux sauvages fit irruption sur la scène au galot, détruisant tout sur son passage. Le bruit des sabots frappant le parquet de la scène camoufle complétement la voix de Neil Young, ainsi que les différents "Huuuuuuh" jetés ici et là par ces chevaux absoluments déchaînés. C'est dans cette panique la plus totale que les 20 dernières minutes de l'enregistrement se dérouleront, laissant un arrière goût amer à cet album, qui démarrait comme expliqué de fort belle manière.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

Neil Young est quand même bien meilleur sans sa bouteille de tequila dans les parages. Les premiers sons acoustiques de Rust Never Sleeps sont tout bonnement excellents mais leur dynamique sera gâchée par l'arrivée des Crazy Horse qui passeront leur temps à hennir et déféquer sur scène. On aurait préféré une meilleure fin.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

This album boasts one of the worst lyrics ever: "It's better to burn out 'cause rust never sleeps." Dull, dull, dull music. Arrangements consist of just strummed guitars--no art or nuance involved whatsoever. Oh, okay, now this is a little better. Ride My Llama at least has some halfway interesting rhythms and chord progressions. Actually, some of these songs aren't bad--there are some decent melodic hooks. The album actually gets better as it goes along. The first two songs were the pits. Neil Young's lead guitar playing on Powderfinger is atrocious. He's totally unconvincing as a rocker. Crazy Horse reveals itself to be a deeply mediocre backing band. 2 stars out of 5 and that's being generous.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
2

Well I think I preferred this to previous NY and crazy horse albums but I did again find it a bit samey. Nothing stood out and just felt like tedious dad rock by the end

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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

This does absolutely nothing for me. My breakfast gave me more emotional resonance.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
2

I sigh whenever I read Neil Young's name on one of the albums on this list, because I think he is severely overrated. The problem is always the same. The song might start out well enough, but as soon as I hear Neil Young's whining singing voice, I just can't stand to listen any further. Apart from that, on this particular album, I don't care about any of the lyrics, and musically, the songs are nothing to write home about. Must be a 70s thing. Classic Young. 1.5/5

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Mon Aug 08 2022
1

I just can't ever get into Neil Young's work. His voice just ruins everything.

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Wed Apr 14 2021

Никто не сказал, что альбом состоит из одной песни

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Thu Nov 12 2020
5

My My Hey Hey!

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Sun Nov 08 2020
5

classic. real good vibes. on da playlist

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Sat Jan 16 2021
5

An absolute killer.

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Thu Apr 15 2021
5

Perfect.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

Neil is cool every now and then.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

I liked it very much

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Fri Jan 22 2021
5

No es mi favorito del tito pero si es top. Me gusta más su primera parte acústica con esas 3 joyas iniciales, pero la eléctrica con Sedan Delivery tampoco baja el nivel.

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Sat Feb 13 2021
5

Great

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

Muito bom, bem melhor q o anterior. Ganhou pontos adicionais por ser um ao vivo bem executado.

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Sun Mar 28 2021
5

So schön, konnte man gut hören an einem verregneten Samstag

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Wed Apr 14 2021
5

В начале был немного скептично настроен, мол очередной батя-рок. Но альбом то отличный. Довольно оригинальный, искренний, мелодичный и местами залипательный. Места эти - первый и последний треки, но остальное вполне держит планку. Разве что Welfare Mothers не зашла. Наверное, рад, что акустическая половина альбома вышла больше, звучит удачнее. В целом звук очень располагает, партии довольно лаконичные, внятные, каждая на своём месте. Более всего внимания притягивает всё же вокал, яркий и честный, хз, чё там Нил Янг про Джонни Роттена заливает, но я ему верю. Невольно вспоминается эпитет "true", вот он здесь прям уместен. Балдёж.

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Thu May 13 2021
5

Absolutely magical. The opening and closing tracks in particular are mind-blowing!

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Thu May 27 2021
5

Very good Album

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Thu May 06 2021
5

Love this album. Acoustic first half and rock 2nd half. Though I would not like the rock songs but actually really enjoyed them. Must investigate Neil Young further.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
5

Great, both first and last tracks amazing.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
5

This is an excellent album, full of classic Neil Young, utilizing both the softer and grittier aspects of his sound. I think the mixture of live and studio tracks is unexpected and gives you a really full feeling of what Young was all about better than any studio album could. You can feel Young's style evolve into something edgier and rowdier as the album progresses, the stuff that made him such a touchstone for alternative musicians who would follow. Fave songs: My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue), Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black), Thrasher, Sail Away

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Fri Jul 30 2021
5

I have this on vinyl, love it.

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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

First songs were amazing. Really loved this album, Neil Young is an amazing composer, I´m really trying to going more deep into his music and discography.

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Sun Sep 05 2021
5

I like the acoustic vs electric set format, especially when applied to the bookends. I love the nod to punk and the punky feel of songs, especially Sedan Delivery, like he’s saying, I’ve been playing this stuff all along and don’t plan to slow down. I love his idea of capturing these songs live without overdubs and remixes and studio BS. I think Powederfinger is my favourite Neil Young song. I can never listen to it just once. Such heavy lyrics.

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Thu Sep 16 2021
5

Real good, yep

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Fri Oct 22 2021
5

Much, much, MUCH more of this please. Neil Young's solo stuff (at least on this list) has been a bit more hit and miss for me, but any time Crazy Horse is in the mix it is a great time. Hard to pick a favorite track.

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Tue Nov 09 2021
5

Great live album. Energetic. Hear the Godfather of Grunge.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Yes. And yes again.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

Perfekte Mischung aus den singer Songwriting und den Grunge rock Ansätzen von Neil Young . Wahnsinnig viele wahnsinnig gute lieder

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Sat Dec 18 2021
5

"It's better to burn out than to fade away"

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Tue Dec 21 2021
5

Classic, beautiful, Neil

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Tue Dec 28 2021
5

I've seen Neil Young live a couple of times so obvs I at least appreciate his music. I've never listened to this album before though. It's great

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

I don't typically like live albums but this one is an exception. I suppose it's technically a hybrid of live recordings and studio overdubs, which is maybe what makes the difference for me. Neil is so emotive, whether it's on a delicate ballad or a sing-along rocker. Great performances here. I find "Thrasher" to be especially moving. I consider this his last truly great 5 star album before he fell into the morass of the 80s. Like so many other musicians that came up in the 60s and 70s, he had a hard time adjusting.

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Mon Jan 17 2022
5

that was actually a really sweet, short album I really liked that, 10/10 I can usually be pretty harsh on this country stuff but it was actually done really well here great album

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Neil Young and the various incarnations of Crazy Horse had been playing together for more than a decade, but this is certainly one of the best expressions of the musical simpatico that these musicians have with each other. A less noisy affair than many other NY & CH efforts, it's no less powerful in the ease with which these tunes are rendered. "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" addresses the rise of punk in the late 70s, and its sound is closely associated with what most fans think of as the sound of the lineup. Ruse Never Sleeps, indeed.

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Tue Feb 08 2022
5

Amei <3 Muito gostosinho de ouvir, porém não tem mais no spotify!

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Countless reverent plusses in this album. I love the bookended first and last tracks, and have always like the track ‘Powderfinger’

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

Neil Young can outwrite, outsing, outplay, outthink, outfeel anyone in my mind. This album was,is and will always be stunning. Dividing the record into half acoustic/half electric is marvellous. From "My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)" (repeated in an electric version at the album's end as "Hey Hey, My My [Into the Black]" with its altered lyrics, and everything in-between this is just an album of substance and the work of a man at the top of his game.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Very cool old school feeling.

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Tue Mar 15 2022
5

The lyrics are very thought through, and there is a good balance between acoustic songs and ones with electric guitars.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

A classic rock triumph.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Why did I have to like Neil Young as soon as he puts his music off Spotify (which I understand his argument but free music under a parent account is a bit hard to justify ditching). At least it's on YouTube. Feel like this album and other works of his would be perfect for my ever-growing vinyl collection. Its a pretty flawless album with Powderfinger, Sail Away, and the opening and closing tracks (variations of Hey Hey, My My) being my highlights. The only track I didn't overly like was Sedan Delivery. Also appreciate how its split with an acoustic first half and an electric second.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
5

guay

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Tue Apr 26 2022
5

One of Neil Young's top three best albums I reckon.

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Mon May 23 2022
5

I still think Neil Young projects may be over represented, but this definitely feels worthy, interesting live new material, change in his style, rockin and rad. Five stars easy.

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Sat Jun 25 2022
5

Haven’t listened to this in years - great revisit

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Thu Jul 21 2022
5

Peak Neil & Crazy Horse. So many classic songs on here. Powderfinger is one for the ages.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Loved this. I’ve been a fan of Neil You g for a while, but I’m a bit wary of live albums as I think sometimes you just had to be there. Anyway, turns out that I’m an idiot, because this is great.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Perfect rock, great source of inspiration for later songs

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

sonzao

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

5 The best way to know Neil and his Crazy Horse: tiny and trembling voice, long instrumental jams, unforgettable lyrics: \"Better to burn out than to fade away\". The sleepy riff in \"Powderfinger\" isnone of the highlights in the whole rock n'roll history; Simply perfect.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

Every damned note

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Mon Sep 26 2022
5

Did not listen because not on spotify. I have heard this album before ND love it

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Really enjoyed this

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Wed Sep 28 2022
5

Forgot how good an album this is. Some of Neil’s best work.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Helt der oppe! Oppveksten til Lars Magnus

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Great

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

Pretty safe 5 star album and one I've listened to lots and lots. Not only is every track an absolute banger it's got some of his very best lyrics. Weakest track, Welfare Mothers, is still absolutely great.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

Hey hey my my what a fantastic album!

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Loved this

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Wed Sep 09 2020
4

nice feel, rock, oldish.

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Tue Dec 01 2020
4

A very interesting take on a live album in the fact that, while raw, it doesn't really sound like a live album. Still great rock n' roll, with a lot of fantastic distortion. Favorite tracks: "Welfare Mothers", "Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)"

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Thu Nov 12 2020
4

Very nice!

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

Gode stille numre. Meget sing og songwriter

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Nostalgic feeling with elements of satisfying rock and roll.

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Only knew it from two songs but the whole album is indeed a good listen.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

What a nice surprise this was. What a great sounding album front to back.

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

The switch to distortion and electric really holds the album together. Best song: Thrashers for acoustic and Welfare Mothers for electric Worst song: Sedan Delivery

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

Neil Young remains the greatest person to ever hold a guitar

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Wed Jan 13 2021
4

i liked hey hey my my lotsa folk influence.. 70s.. pretty easy listening.

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Tue Jan 19 2021
4

A classic from the opening chords of hey hey my my. Especially like the electric side.

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Sun Jan 17 2021
4

It was not bad. Better than I expected

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Yeeeeee

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Aye. It’s gid.

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Easy listening

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Thu Jan 14 2021
4

Great! Chill album

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Erstes Lied gleich ausreichend für eine 4. Allein schon, weil Johnny Rotten die gleichen Initialen wie ich hat. (und wie der ehemalige Bundespräsident Johannes Rau)

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

This. This is what I’m talking about. 39 minutes long and barely even feels it! I’m not wild about the “Welfare Mothers” tune, but I’ll be happy to listen to as much Neil as this list will give me. Shit sounds fantastic. Even the harmonica. “Park bench mutations.” Who puts those words together in a song?? Nobody else.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Neil Young est un artiste exceptionnelle. 4.75 facile. J’adore. Into the blue est tellemen tune bonne toune.

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Thu May 27 2021
4

Disco doble en cierto sentido. La cara A es acústica (5 primeras canciones) y la B eléctrica (4 canciones). Dos versiones parecidas y enormes como son "My my, hey hey" y "Hey hey, my my". Este disco si es imprescindible para entender la música americana y rock que resurgió a partir de los 90.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Already knew the album and it's a good un'

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

Very typical Neil Young, lots of mellow strummed acoustic tunes with Neil singing, some electric songs. Classic live versions of Hey Hey My My and the reverse bookend the tracks.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
4

One of his finest albums.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Maybe I'm just sleepy right now, but this album puts me at ease. Neil Young is one of the masters of singer/songwriter music and this album proves it with his delicate strumming and unique singing style (I grew to enjoy it). Production is also masterful, especially for a live album. It all sounds so clean and warm, exactly how you want Neil Young to sound. That was just side 1, of course. Side 2 woke me up as the electric guitar took over and it rules. I know Powderfinger is the darling track here, but Welfare Mothers and Sedan Delivery bring a heaviness that help cement the contract between the two sides, both being equally great in different ways. Closer to a 4.5 than a 4, truly.

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Tue May 25 2021
4

4/5 I liked it, nice!

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

Really good album.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

Awesome album. Neil young has a very nice voice timbre, that fits this weird early-indie rock music extremely well. Many of the songs sound incredible by themselves. Also the lyrical themes are very welll thought about.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

1. My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)- So THIS is where "It's better to burn out than to fade away" originated from. I suppose the song is about going down in infamy rather than being forgotten, which is very rock and roll. I like it. Nice harmonica solo in the middle. 2. Thrasher- This song is beautiful! Simple music, pretty lyrics. It's quite long but nice to listen to. 3. Ride My Llama- Love this song title. Not really sure what it means, though. I think I like the previous 2 songs a little bit better. 4. Pocahontas- Wow, not a light song at all. It kind of goes in an odd direction at the end with bringing up Marlon Brando. I like this song, though. 5. Sail Away- This one is so pretty. Very simple lyrics about sailing away with your love or someone else that's important to you. This might be my favorite song so far. Pretty harmonica and guitar part in the bridge. 6. Powderfinger- A bit more heavy than the rest of the songs on the album so far. Nice guitar solo, depressing lyrics, a good song overall! 7. Welfare Mothers- another heavier song. Not sure I like the lyrics in this one- "welfare mothers make better lovers"? May be the only song I actively dislike so far due to the lyrics. 8. Sedan Delivery- Another heavier song. Lyrics are very stream of consciousness. Not a bad song but not my favorite on the album. 9. And yet another heavier song. Interesting trajectory on this album. Same lyrics as the first song, just a heavier production. I like the more acoustic version better. Did some research on this album and realized that the heavier tracks are his collab with Crazy Horse, which makes sense, and the acoustic tracks are just him on his own. I definitely like the first half of this album better. I can absolutely see why this is so critically acclaimed. I feel that I don't have a ton of context to this album in the scope of his greater career. I love the acoustic tracks on this album.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

out of the blue>into the black

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

I can't believe I've never listened to this album. I mean, I've known about it. I've heard Out of the Blue many times, but never listened to this whole thing. Deceivingly simple songs, here. I liked this a lot!

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Mon Apr 19 2021
4

haven’t listened to much Neil and haven’t heard of the other guy before. good vibe but I didn’t focus very much. will return to it soon, I think. favs: Ride My Llama, Hey Hey, My My

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Mostly good folky rock

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Hey hey, my my. Listening to a live album has got me thinking about how weird it is that we listen to recorded music. I have loved live music experiences where they play music that I’m really not into on my own time. There’s a different energy that I don’t think a live album really captures. I miss live music. Anyways, this is good. I actually really like Neil’s voice. It’s authentic. Favourite track: “Thrasher”

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Thu May 06 2021
4

great voice. love harmonica

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

I really liked the Neil Young songs, with his simple style and good lyrics, but the Crazy Horse ones were no good

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Does anyone have better acoustic tone than Neil Young? Probably, but his is prettay prettay good. Fun folk rock live album. Great songwriting as always from Mr. Young.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
4

Never heard this Neil Young album before. So good.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
4

This album kicks ass.

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

never heard Neil with crazy horse before and I dig it

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Sat Jul 24 2021
4

Simple music with some Neil Young voice and harmonica. Great live album.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

No Thought this was a single LP version of Live Rust which I have but it's not. Some different songs.. Still same switch from acoustic to electric.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

Wonderful writing and a true spirit of Americana. Like looking in a mirror and seeing America looking back at you. However, I think I prefer the acoustic songs to the electric ones.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Wow forgot how excellent this album is. Side one ... the accoustic side has a poignant social conscience theme that centers on aboriginal issues. Very powerful. Side 2 is the rocking side that packs a punch that Neil Young is so adept with. Is it 5 stars? Not quite 4.5 stars ✨

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

New songs to me, fan of Neil young though so marking up to 4

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

I like Thrasher a lot. The acoustic side is really roomy and sounds great. The Crazy Horse side is probably the best version I have heard of Neil Young yet. Welfare Mothers is a weird song though.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

Neil Young is great and this album doesn't disappoint with Hey, Hey, My, My (Into the black) on it! Love the acoustic first half and electric second half. 4/5

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

really liked the last two songs, some was little too country for me. 3.9

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

Perfectly bookended by Hey,Hey… and My, My … Neil never fails to disappoint or astonish with his huge range and ability to change like a chameleon. Powderfinger is one of my fav Young songs with a blistering guitar. Interestingly when Neil sings country/folk and plays his harmonica I I love it. But when that Dylan guy does the same thing it drives me crazy. Go figure.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

Great full album listen. Out of the Blue/Into the Black as the opener and closer is great.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

Some of his hits I like. Kind of all ran together for me. Good not great.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

This is my first aquaintance with the music of Niel Yung and now I see why he is the king of country rock. His simple lyrics and extremely melodious sound create an image of the great america where you are just buying a one way ticket and setting off on an unforgettable trip across the country with Marlon Brando and Pocahontos. His lirics definitely switch your mood to dreamy. And the effect stays long time. I liked both parts of this album. And from the second i actually didn't expect such a hard-rock sound. Welfare mothers is a great joke. And if we take into account that this album is concert it makes us feel under the greater impression. All in all, hey hey my my rock and roll can never die. 4 cause this a little bit not my music which i listen usually. Don't think that I'll listen to it one more time

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Fri Sep 24 2021
4

Classic Young strong Album

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

songs of dread, songs with tiny guitar amps running flat out, songs of longing for the good old days - classic Neil Young & Crazy Horse

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

On a Neil Young trip at the moment! He seems to be one of the few artists whose live performances live up to the recorded versions.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Seems appropriate that my first album would be by a performer from my hometown. I know he wasn't born in Winnipeg, but he spent his important early formative there. In many ways, Rust Never Sleeps is the quintessential NY record, with one side an acoustic solo set and side two an electric set with his band Crazy Horse, a classic live album. Though not my favourite Neil Young album, this is always a very satisfying listen. I personally like live albums (he's released several) so this ranks high, especially in the Neil Young catalog.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

Always here for some Young Neil

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

Brilliant rock and roll album.

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Sat Oct 30 2021
4

Will definitely listen again.

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

Альбом для автопутешествий

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Fave track: Thrasher

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

Neil Young is one of those very few icons that has been at the top of his art form for multiple decades. On this album the melodies play a supporting role to the man and his lyrical prowess.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

prefer the acoustic side but pretty classic stuff

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Mon Nov 22 2021
4

Think I prefer some of his others - but this is fine

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Sat Nov 27 2021
4

Very slow and easy listening album for the first half. Pocahontas is good, really good. Powderfinger sounds good too, fairly modern, though at this point I've noticed a lot of the songs blur into one. Welfare Mother's is ok but is interesting in that it leads to a much heavier end of the album. Sedan Delivery is a fun grunge song, gets the head going haha. Super interesting that the final song is a heavy version of the first song with a flipped title. All in all a good album, not totally up my street but I like it as a nice, short, easy listen. Pocahontas is sick though.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

1. My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue) - 7.5/10 2. Thrasher - 9/10 ⭐️ 3. Ride My Llama - 8/10 4. Pocahontas - 6.5/10 5. Sail Away - 7/10 6. Powderfinger - 9.5/10 ⭐️ 7. Welfare Mothers - 8.5/10 ⭐️ 8. Sedan Delivery - 7/10 9. Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) - 9/10 ⭐️

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

I knew this album better than most Neil Young albums I've had so far. My My Hey Hey and it's mirror image are obviously both great. Thrasher is one of a Neil Young classics - the airing of grievances towards former bandmates. He's so good at it you have to forgive it. Pocohontas beats Iron Maiden by about 5 years to a great song about the American Indian genocide. Sail Away is a bit dull. That said, I respect the structure of the album - side one is classic Neil Young - acoustic and plaintive. Side two is Godfather of Grunge(TM) Neil Young, crunching guitars and all. Powderfinger is very good (for some reason I always thought it'd be rubbish because of the terrible Australian band). Welfare Mothers is just okay, Sedan Delivery is brilliant, high energy stuff again. And Hey Hey My My is a classic, even if it is a leeetle bit cheesy.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Tolles Album

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Heard this before and really rate it, there's not many live albums I choose to listen to. Love his guitar sound

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

When it started with a live song, I expected not to like it, but I really got hooked in quickly after that. He seems so wise, and the music has a transcendent quality to it. I like how the album transitions from acoustic to electric.

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

The whole time I was listening to this I was trying to remember what format I had owned it on. I don’t seem to have a physical copy any more. Either CD, or so help me, a cassette, long gone to my frequent moving nomad days. I sure as hell listened to it a lot, I still knew it pretty much word for word and note for note. One of the great concert albums to me, that convey that true sense of the live set for all that it’s half studio tracks. The “Indian” themes haven’t aged so great. Still a classic.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

Pan Young bedzie jednym z najczesciej przewijajacych sie postaci listy, bo jest to juz conajmniej szosty album na ktorym go mozna uslyszec, no i drugi w kolabie z crazy horsem, slucham pierwszy raz i wczesniej znalem jedynie openingowego traka, przez kobejnowa notke, w ktorej wykorzystal zwrot z tego kawalka, krazek z 79, ale nagrywany na przestrzeni miesiecy pomiedzy 76 a 78, specyfczny album, bo czesc kawalkow nagrywana byla podczas zwycowych wystepow, a czesc w studio, znacznie mniej jest tych studyjnych, bo tylko dwa kawalki z pierwszej strony sail away i pocahontas, kolejnym elementem wyroznijacym plyte jest styl w jakim jest utrzymana, bo stara sie on pogodzic w sobie Neila Younga harvestowego snujacego folkowe ballady na a sajdzie z przelamujacym nowe wody muzyczne b sajdem, bo po wypaleniu CSNY Young szukal inspiracji koncertujac chocby z crazy horse co slychac na drugiej elektrycznej stronie krazka, featurujacego cztery kawalki z wystepow na zywo, chociaz troche pooverdubowane, ostatnim ciekawym elementem ktory zapada w pamiec po przesluchaniu jest kompozycja otwarcia i zamkniecia, my my, hey hey i hey hey, my my, ciekawy zabieg podkreslajacy motyw przewodni plyty zawarty w tytule, czyli rust never sleeps, poza tymi utworami mocno do tej frazy odnosi sie thrasher, prawie doslownie opowiadajacy o reszcie ekipy z czasow CSNY, ale przede wszystkim o Youngu i o jego szukaniu czegos wiecej w tym co juz robi, bo najlatwiej jest odcinac kupony od tego co jest znane i lubiane, a eksperymenty w muzyce nie zawsze sluza popularnosci, jak mowi epilogowy utwor, kolejny raz sie przekonuje, ze nie samymi solowymi materialami dyskografia neilowa stoi i pozycje z crazy horsem to rowniez mocne materialy, na plejke opening i ending i jeszcze z a sajda dodam trashera i sail away, dodam jesli spotify na to pozwoli, bo w tej chwili niby album widze, ale jednak odtworzyc go sie nie da, dziwna sprawa, bo zazwyczaj zablokowanych w regionie albumow nie widac w cale lub sa niedodawalne, wiec moze to jedynie bug appki

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

I'm beginning to think that Neil Young deserves to have 7 albums on this list. No, not all of them are 5's, but I have no problem with any of the Neil Young albums I've heard so far. This was one of those I was unfamiliar with (aside from My, My, Hey, Hey). And it's one of Old Neil's best. It also gives me a chance to talk about Nicolette Larson, who died much too young at the age of 45. Nicolette Larson had a huge hit with a song Neil wrote called "Lotta Love" and it's just the perfect piece of late 1970's pop. Larson provides great vocals here on "Sail Away", one of the better acoustic numbers on the album. I always thought Nicolette Larson should have a career similar to the one Linda Ronstadt had. She was clearly sought after from legends like Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris and Neil Young. And she's an extremely welcome presence on this album. Maybe one more song featuring her vocal stylings would push this thing into the classic 5 category.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Not currently on Spotify. Need apple music

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

This album represents another creative high point in Young's career. Possibly one of the best with the band Neil Young & Crazy Horse. (7/10) FT: Powderfinger

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Total classic. Would be a 5, but I've always HAAAAAAATED the distorted guitar tone he uses on the electric version of My, My... or Hey, Hey... Rest of the album: perfect.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

This is a great album. It is a great listen and is really enjoyable. 'My my, hey hey' is my favourite song. The only reason I didn't enjoy it was the fact that Neil Young has no albums on Spotify so I was made listen on youtube. Minor, but inconvenient nontheless.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Excellent. I'd never heard this album. I had figured it was gonna be from the 80s but really impressed that it was 76-78. It absolutely captures the migration from acoustic to guitar based rock. Cover art: 3/5

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Well that Apple Music trial is paying off in spades. Great album

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Ah... he's removed his music from Spotify

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Great live album. Even it if was overdubbed I enjoy the hell out of it.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
4

I like what Neil Young I had heard prior and aside from a few songs I didnt recognize much on this album. I liked the acoustic/electric split. There were a few songs that were just okay, but overall this was quite enjoyable. I just wish I didn't have to resort to YouTube to hear it.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
4

Great

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Sat Apr 16 2022
4

Rock de Neil Young. Un 4.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

A nice listen.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

I'm not a fan of Neil Young, but for sure this is the best album that I listened to from his work. It sounds like everyone involved really wants to be there playing those songs! Amazing!

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Tue May 03 2022
4

There is so much more to Neil than his acoustic mega hits: a massively underrated influence on garage and indie rock and a massively underrated guitar player. Great performance of songs. Could have been a bit better recorded to capture more of the band in the later tracks.

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Muy buen disco

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Sat May 14 2022
4

neil young pica grossa

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Wed May 18 2022
4

like Dylan everything he does is worth a listen but every few years an album really hits home, usually with crazy horse in tow. rust never sleeps shows the old hippy finding kinship with punk, though it's more television than the Ramones. one of his finest set of sings, the live recordings adding edge. grows better with age

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Tue May 24 2022
4

couldn't listen to it on Spotify but what I remember is the last great NY record until the 90s

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

Have always loved this. Watched the film countless times on video. Recommend that to anybody

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Good ol' Neil

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

First half or so = pure folksy greatness. Last few more rock driven, but still good.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Towards the end gets almost more punk rock than expected. Can't get away from Neil's songs sounding very similar to each other. Great sound and musician but at times lacks variance for me.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
4

Começa bem acústico e vai evoluindo para rock n roll full power, mostra o alcance do Neil. Pena não se ouvir mais o público. Engraçado começar e acabar com a mesma música, primeiro mais slow e no fim pesadão.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

I genuinely enjoy this album for Neil Young’s unique voice and some really really pretty acoustic guitar playing.

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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

This was real nice, very enjoyable.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Lyrically this is pretty brilliant if depressing, musically it's pretty repetitive. I think my rating would depend pretty strongly on my mood at the time. This time I enjoyed it but I can imagine turning it off pretty quick if I was in the wrong frame of mind. 3.75 stars.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

I like this album. Neil’s lyrics are simple but still colorful and thoughtful. Production feels really tight but also has a live atmosphere, love the progression of distortion as the album progresses ending with the massive blown out crescendo. Would be an awesome one to have on vinyl for me and will definitely revisit. Thrasher is a hit but some of the tracks don’t land like welfare mothers and sedan delivery, so prob a 4/5.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

I liked this album a lot! Love the harmonica in “Thrasher,” and the guitar in “Welfare Mothers.” I found the melodies overall to be really enjoyable. I thought the juxtaposition between “My My, Hey Hey” and “Hey Hey, My My” was an interesting reflection of the album as a whole - going from melodic, acoustic-style music in the beginning to more aggressive rock sounds at the end. It was a good journey.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

I liked this, cool to hear a love album from the 70s that has a rough-cut feel to it

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

I enjoyed how it was recorded live and dubbed over in the studio, it gives the album a very unique feel.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Pushing at an open door here being a huge Neil Young fan. This though is actually a decent intro for anyone interested in dipping a toe into his 70s output. Well worth a listen. 8/10.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

I definitely enjoyed this one a lot more than the previous Neil Young albums I’ve heard (the one where he’s against the tree and the beach one) First side was like perfect; reminded me of John denver at times for some reason

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Great album really enjoyed this, and the concept of it being recorded live.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

One of Neil's best. 4 stars.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Really enjoyable. Love Neil Young and I never sleep either.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

-intro is a nice interest catcher for the rest of the album -Good chill vibes all throughout -smokin sum weed out of a truly can while listening to powder finger 🫠

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Sat Aug 20 2022
4

One of the best and most atmospheric starts to an album

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Not a Neil Young album I'm familiar with, but it hits all the right notes! I liked the solo -> full band transition. Fave track - "Sedan Delivery" is surprisingly rocking! I like the juxtaposition of the first and last tracks, too...

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Neil Young is great!

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Classic voice, great storytelling, great playing

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Con Neil Young si va quasi sempre sul sicuro. Un grande album certamente, anche se non tutti i pezzi mi hanno convinto a pieno.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Rock classico, da manuale. Come piace a me.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

a vibe

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

Shame Neil young’s not on Spotify anymore great boomer album

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Classic Neil Young. Strong music for that genre.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
4

This is the most I've enjoyed an album in quite a few days now, so im very happy! I just wish this were on Spotify :( (very high 4)

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Solid.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

músicas preferidas: sedan delivery, my my hey hey e thrasher

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

Folk, Rock, Loud, Anthemic, Grand, Passionate, Emotional

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

had to listen on youtube but i'm glad i did. i wish i knew what the songs were called. i had fun and really zoned out in caffetto listening to this. pretty goated

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